According to most sources, the breed known as the American Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier came from the same basic ancestry. It is believed that the first of its kind resulted from a cross between older types of bulldogs with older terrier breeds and may have included the breed known as the English sooth terrier. Other sources contend that the breed originated from a cross between a bulldog and the white English Terrier or the Black-and-Tan Terrier. It is suggested that these crossings took place during the 19th century in the English region of Staffordshire. Whatever the true ancestry of the breed, it first became known as the "bull and terrier." The result of the mix of breeds was a muscular dog known for its combative tendencies, and it was first called the Staffordshire Bullterrier. Fanciers came to appreciate the Staffordshire terrier's tenacity..... Find out more about this dog breed.
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